Tuesday, August 30, 2016

20 ways to cook with kids

Need ideas on how to get your kids involved in cooking?   Here are 20 ways to cook with your kids! 

Start with the Cooking Basics for Kids

1. Measure it

Teaching kids to measure accurately is an important step in them learning how to bake. We cover how and ways to teach this technique in our kids cooking lesson manual

2. Pour it

Whether it is pouring in liquid ingredients or making popsicles, learning to pour accurately will come in handy when cooking.

3. Stir it in

Stirring ingredients is a basic cooking skill children can learn while they are young. If you get them involved while they are young, this is always a good task for them. Any recipe will do that involves mixing with a large spoon.

4. Kitchen Prep

Teaching kids that there is more than just jump into a recipe will help them develop better thinking skills. Start by finding a recipe and reading it through with them. Talk about what you need to prepare before starting. What kitchen utensils will you need to use? What ingredients do you need and do you have all of them on hand?


5. Meal Plan

Children need to learn what is involved in preparing meals not just being served. Here are some tips and ideas on meal planning.

6. Wash and Prep

Having a sous chef help beside you to wash and prep any vegetables and other ingredients, will give them more hands on experience with certain ingredients they may not want to eat.  If you give them a chance to work with them and they may be more likely to try them.


Make Cooking Fun for Kids

7. Competition

Take cooking meals and recipes up a notion with experienced chefs by having an iron chef challenge. Just like the show pick 4 ingredients and place them in a basket or box. Children create their own recipe. Another similar competition could be trying our ingredient challenge.

8. Something New 

Take a trip to the grocery store with your children and have them pick a new fruit, vegetable or food product to incorporate into your recipe.

9. Mini Size it

Try making meals mini size. Think tea parties size, sliders, etc.

10. Shape it up 

Kids love working with bread dough. A favorite lesson of mine is to give them a batch of bread dough and let them decide what to create out of it. Here is a homemade bread dough recipe.

11.  Create your own recipe book

Experiment and have kids create their own personal recipe book.


12. Fun with food

Pick a different theme and make food fun.  It could be an animal theme, shape or color. Here are some of our fun with food and theme ideas.

13. Drink it

Making homemade beverages can be an easy way to get kids involved in cooking. Try smoothies, fun drinks, milkshakes, etc.

14. Eat a rainbow

Create a meal with all the rainbow colors. Need some rainbow food ideas?


Teach Kids to Cook Homemade

15. Make it Homemade

Make something you eat often and store bought into a homemade version. Maybe a recipe for applesauce, yogurtbread, or fruit leather.

16. Recreate it

Pick a favorite food product and make it from scratch, i.e. cheese crackers, Lunchables, Gatorade


17. Make homemade fast food

Homemade pizza or homemade corn dogs could fit well in this category.

18. Make homemade pasta

A favorite recipe for kids to make who love to work with dough.  Homemade pasta can be shaped into whatever they'd like, cooked and eaten up!

19.  Make homemade butter

Kids can't usually believe you can make your own homemade butter. It is easy to do but will require some muscle work.

20.  Box it Up

Make a boxed meal into a homemade version. Try macaroni and cheese or Hamburger Helper



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Thursday, August 25, 2016

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Homemade Gummies Recipes

We tried a few variations on Fruit Gummies at our house this week. We've included our top three favorites with photos and a cooking video.

Some important items you'll need beyond the normal kitchen products are unflavored gelatin and a silcone or candy mold.


4 Ingredients Gummies 

Ingredients: 

3 Tablespoons or 3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1 Tablespoon honey
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 Cup fruit juice

Directions: 

In a saucepan, add fruit juice and lemon juice. Bring to boil. Let the mixture cool down slightly. Stir in honey. Slowly add-in gelatin and stir slowly crushing the lumps. Pour the mixture in gummy molds and chill for at least 1 hour. 
 


 Easy Jell-O Gummies

Ingredients 

1/3 Cup cold water
1 package flavored Jell-O gelatin
3 packets unflavored gelatin

Directions: 

Mix unflavored and flavored gelatin with cold water into a saucepan.  Place over medium-low heat. Stir continuously.  When mixture blends together as a liquid. Take off heat and pour into greased silicone molds. Chill for several hours or until solid.


Homemade Fresh Strawberry Gummies 

Ingredients 

1 Cup fresh strawberries, sliced 

1/4 Cup or 4 envelopes unflavored gelatin 

1/4 Cup lemon juice 

1/3 Cup club soda 

1 Tablespoon honey 
 


Directions: 

Drop strawberries in a saucepan and add juice. Cook the strawberries over medium heat until mostly cooked and mashed. 
 Turn heat up and let the mixture come to a boil. Let boil for 5 minutes. Bring down the heat and cook stirring continuously for 10 minutes. 
 Let the mixture cool down slightly. Stir in honey. Pour mixture into a blender. 
 Blend together and add-in gelatin. Finally, pour the soda in the blender and pulse. 
 Pour the mixture in gummy molds and chill for at least 1 hour.




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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

A-Z kids cooking recipes

Do you need a fun way to introduce the alphabet and cooking to kids? A theme idea like cooking with the alphabet can teach kids not only their letters but help them learn some fun cooking techniques too.

This could be a fun activity to incorporate into your school year. How about Alphabet Cooking  Friday? Where you concentrate on a letter of the week and end the week with some cooking activities inspired by that letter. We can come up with a lot of fun letter activities but here we will concentrate on A-Z cooking recipes.


Letter A Cooking Ideas

Apple recipes are a kid friendly hit or try Alfredo for dinner. You'll be surprised at how quick you can whip up some Alfredo sauce to go with your cooked noodles or broccoli.
More A ideas:
Asparagus
Avocado

Letter B Cooking Ideas

The letter B has a wealth of great recipes for kids like Broccoli, Beans or Basil Pesto . However you can go for meals like Bubble Pizza or Homemade Bowtie Pasta as well.

Letter C Cooking Ideas

Corn Chowder or Chicken Casserole are great recipes that are full of the Letter C. But don't forget any recipe with cheese, chicken, carrots, cucumber or cabbage works too.

Letter D Cooking Ideas

Dirt Cups or Dip recipes can be a fun way to focus on the Letter D. Dessert, Doughnuts and Deviled eggs can work too.

Letter E Cooking Ideas

Letter E can focus a lot on Eggs! Egg Drop Soup or simply scrambled eggs are easy recipes even young children can create. If you want to incorporate a vegetable idea try a recipe with eggplant.

Letter F Cooking Ideas

The letter F is a good way to sneak in a new fruit that perhaps your kids haven't tried- Figs. For more traditional recipes trying making a fruit salad or homemade French fries. Tie in some geography and learn more about France and French cooking.

Letter G Cooking Ideas

G is filled will lots of great vegetable ideas, green beans, garlic, green peppers and green peas. Fruits with the Letter G could include grapes, guacamole or grapefruit.

Letter H Cooking Ideas 

Letter H ideas can include anything with ham, hamburger or herbs. Some main dish ideas could be Hawaiian Haystacks or Ham Soup.

Letter I Cooking Ideas

The first thing that comes to most kids, and perhaps adults, mind for the letter I is ice cream. Trying making homemade ice cream, ice cream cake or shaved ice.

Letter J Cooking Ideas

Homemade jam or Jambalaya can be unique ideas to use with your Letter J activities.


Letter K Cooking Ideas

It's a good time to introduce kids to Kale or kiwi with the Letter K.
You can add some geography lessons into your teaching with Kung Pao Chicken or Indian Kofta

Letter L Cooking Ideas

Letter L is great for getting your kids to make their own variation of salad with lettuce. Also try homemade lemonade or introduce lentils.

Letter M Cooking Ideas

Add some fun cooking activities for the letter M with making meatballs, minestrone or homemade macaroni and cheese.
Vegetables and fruits you could focus on for M are mushrooms, mashed potatoes, melons or mangoes.

Letter N Cooking Ideas

For your letter N activities try adding something with nuts if there isn't an allergy. Otherwise noodles, like this noodle casserole works well. Nachos is another fun and simple cooking idea for kids.

Letter O Cooking Ideas

Oranges, oatmeal, owl theme, onion rings, or olive salad all fit in well with the Letter O.


Letter P Cooking Ideas

So so many wonderful cooking ideas for the letter P. You might want to extend this letter for another week or more!
Pizza
Popcorn
Homemade Potato Chips
Potato Skins
Potato Salad
Pesto 
Popsicles
Pie pops
Push pops 
Pineapple 
Whew, that should keep you busy for awhile!

Letter Q Cooking Ideas

Although their aren't as many ideas as the last letter of the alphabet, you can still create a quiche or quesadillas. Or try introducing a new fruit like quince.

Letter R Cooking Ideas

A fun idea for the Letter R could be rainbow theme food.
However, you can go a little easier with roasted vegetables, Roast beef or ratatouille.
Vegetables for the letter R can be radishes, red peppers or romaine lettuce.

Letter S Cooking Ideas

Another great letter for cooking activities! Try soup, shepherds pie, stroganoff, Sloppy Joes, or stromboil for a main dish. Add some strawberries, spinach or salad on the side.

Letter T Cooking Ideas

A definite kid favorite for the Letter T is tacos. Try making homemade tortillas for a fun cooking activity. Tomato Soup and tuna salad sandwiches could go together nicely for Letter T day.

Letter U Cooking Ideas

Unfortunately, there isn't much cooking ideas for the letter U. But our favorite would be Upside down cake.

Letter V Cooking Ideas

This veggie layer dish with a Red Velvet cake for dessert fit the Letter V perfectly.

Letter W Cooking Ideas

Watermelon is one of our favorite things to eat in the summer!  Also try waffles for dinner or lettuce wraps.

Letter X Cooking Ideas

There isn't much to say about the letter X when it comes to food itself. However, you can certainly create homemade breadsticks and make your own letter X's.

Letter Y Cooking Ideas

Create a yogurt parfait or yogurt cup for your Letter Y day!

Letter Z Cooking Ideas

Letter Z is specializing in zucchini! Try zucchini fries, zucchini bread or zucchini pizza.

More Alphabet Theme Ideas for Kids

Try our Cooking with the Alphabet book for more recipes!


Alphabet Sentence Game- Printable games and worksheets

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Debbie-Madson/Category/Alphabet-learning-244944


Alphabet Picture Books for young readers



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